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2 Stars & a Wish!

 I love this linky idea Luckeyfrog's Lilypad came up with! We also use 2 stars & a wish to give feedback in our classroom. Spring Break just started for us. And I'm thinking . . .I only have 9 weeks left. NINE weeks, people! That's not very long. And I know it will FLY by!

So, of course, like all teachers do, I'm already thinking about what I liked this year and what I want to tweak. Enter 2 stars and a wish. So let's get started. . .

I love, love, love how my Calendar Math worked in my classroom this year. When I designed it, I thought about what skills my kiddos usually have a hard time with and built that into the pack. It worked! My kiddos can tell time and read a clock like nobody's business! They're also experts at representing numbers in flats, longs, and cubes, and writing numbers in expanded form. They rock! When we came to the section in our curriculum that covered those skills, they breezed right through! LOVE it!

I also moved to a Guided Math model this year & love how that is working for my kiddos. I love that I have time to spend with small groups and address needs of each group (whether they need a little bit of enrichment, a little support, or a lot of support).When we did the Guided Math Book Study last summer, I worked really hard at designing a program that would work in my class. This is the plan I can up with at the time. We didn't end up exactly like this. . .but it's the basic framework. Next year, I'll be looping back to 1st grade (I've had my kiddos this year for two years), and it'll be interesting to see how Guided Math shapes up then!

I really want to focus on Writing next year. I'm just not quite happy with what I have going on. I've dabbled with different forms of Writer's Workshop over the years. . .I've done my own version in a couple different ways, and I've tried out Lucy Calkins' Writers Workshop. I think I need a hybrid .. . but I've just not stumbled across it yet. If you are happy with the way you teach writing, I'd LOVE to hear about it! Leave a comment, or link me up!!


  1. Brenda,
    Do you like looping? I looped with last year's kiddos from 2nd to 3rd (this year I had a new group). Personally, I didn't care for it, but I think it was the group of kiddos. I've been asked to loop with this group and I'm nervous about it.


    1. I LOVE looping. I'm not gonna lie....there are moments when I think, "bleh. I just wanna stay here in __ grade." But the benefits far outweigh those moments. You really form such strong relationships with kiddos, and that makes a big difference in so may ways. All of the 1st & 2nd grade teachers loop at my school. That second year, you can really hit the ground running.
      I've had lots of people ask, "What about when you get "that" kid? Or "that" class?" In my opinion, you get "that" kid every year....same behaviors...different face & name. Let me know what you decide!

  2. Thanks so much for linking up! I definitely need to look into guided math for next year, and your book study posts will be a huge help. I love your plan for how you lay things out! How long do you teach math each day?

    Good luck getting some writing tips. I like Lucy Calkins, but I find that I like mixing in some assignments with more specific structure or writing prompts, especially for 3rd grade.

    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad